Text / Image Tinies: Creating Palm-Sized Collaborations

09/12/2011 - 10/17/2011

with Kristen Nelson and Noah Saterstrom
Mondays, September 12 through October 17, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Both writing and image-making emerge from our need to communicate. They complement each other; they are frequently at odds. Pictographs, hieroglyphs, manuscript illumination, and book illustration all represent different facets of the complex interconnectedness of text and image.

In this workshop we’ll create, manipulate, and combine texts and images to create small collaborative works of art, each no larger than the palm of your hand. We’ll begin with an exploration of the fascinating and tense dynamic between text and image, looking at and discussing text/image works by Anne Waldman, Kate Greenstreet, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Enrique Celaya, Glenn Ligon, Max Ernst, and others. We’ll also create texts and images through collaborative exercises. Using appropriated photographs and captions, we’ll play with the role of text as ‘truth.’ With pens and pencils, we’ll blur the boundary between handwriting and drawing. With one another we’ll explore the nature of collaboration, and discuss how the creative process is shaped by the ‘other.’ As the workshop progresses, we will focus on individual projects to follow through to completion as tiny collaborative art book objects.

Tuition: $150 + $10 course material fee
Arizona Board of Regents